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A/C B hydraulics

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12-16-2002 18:16:26

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My sons and I have a 1940 A/C B that we are trying to get back in shape. It does not have hydraulics now. I would like to add this to be able to use 3pt implements (brush hog). Is this going to workout OK or should we just leave it as it is? I am looking forward to working on this tractor, our first. Thanks Jim

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Greg Ballanytne

12-19-2002 17:59:56

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 Re: A/C B hydraulics in reply to Jim, 12-16-2002 18:16:26  
Jim, the B with a stock hydraulic system used a low volume high pressure pump. The cylinders are narrow profile high pressure cylinders. The widely commercially available cylinders are high volume low pressure cylinders. To use these cylinders you would need an auxilliary hydraulic unit mounted on the rear PTO shaft. This would negate the use PTO driven equipment while the hydraulic pump is mounted. If you have a rear PTO, you jave the hydraulic pump, to the best of my knowledge. You can fit such a setup with a rudimentary 3 pt hitch, but the B is not the tractor to run a bush hog with, or any other heavier 3 pt implements. I set my B up with 3 pt, and the corn planter setup originally on it provided two lift arms. The original hydraulics won't pick up much weight, I had to attach my lift chains to the back end of the lower arms rather than the middle to allow the pump to lift even the lightest cat. 1 3 pt implement. I guess I'm trying to say that the B is a fine tractor, I enjoy mine very much. But if you want to use a wide variety of commercially available 3 pt PTO driven implements it is not the machine for the job. But restore it & enjoy it, the B has many good points.

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12-20-2002 15:26:17

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 Re: Re: A/C B hydraulics in reply to Greg Ballanytne, 12-19-2002 17:59:56  
Another question. I plan to use our 1940 B to brush hog only a couple of acres. Is there a big difference between a pull behind brush hog or a 3pt one? How will a pull behind do going thru a creek from onside to another (small slope)? Either way I was going to try to get a small one for it. I've seen one with hydraulics and a belly mower. But I think we need a brush hog. Thanks again. Jim

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Greg Ballantyne

12-21-2002 05:07:21

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 Re: Re: Re: A/C B hydraulics in reply to Jim, 12-20-2002 15:26:17  
MIne came with the belly mower setup when I bought it. I used the belly mower the first year when the tractor was at my dad's place, the when I moved it to my new place had no need for it, took it off & sold the belly mower setup. The belly mower did alright most of the time, but was really more in the catagory of a "finish" mower rather than a bush hog. It jumped the belt a few times on some multiflora rose bushes & other tougher stuff. Most of the pull behind types the B could handle are likely more like that belly mower than a larger 3 pt bush hog, but that would do alright for a couple of acres kept well enough to keep from hitting heavy growth all the time. Not so sure about passing judgement on crossing a a creek bank I've not seen, but would suggest looking for engine side weights and/or front wheel weights as the front end can be a little light in some situations. The homemade 3 pt setup I made hides the PTO shaft with the bracket for the top link, although I've come up with a way to change that. I haven't done it because I really don't need to just now. All depends what powers the pull behind mower you are considering. The B has a slightly smaller diameter PTO shaft than other newer tractors of that size & power, adapters can be used but the smaller diameter creates a weak point for heavier duty PTO driven bush hogs.

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Steve in N.J.

12-16-2002 20:05:28

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 Re: A/C B hydraulics in reply to Jim, 12-16-2002 18:16:26  
Shouldn't be to much trouble to put hydraulics on your B. If it's got a PTO.. your in! My B has hydraulics on the back. Just finished the resto, but don't have anything to put on the back as of yet. If ya need any electrical components or a wiring system keep me in mind. Be glad to help ya out!
Steve B.

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